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'Vandalism costing CT millions'

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says vandalism is a huge problem for the city.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Mayor Patricia de Lille on Tuesday says vandalism is costing the city millions of rands and is also to blame for broken street lights in Khayelitsha.

Non-governmental organisations have called on the city to provide them with a plan to improve public lighting as certain parts of the township are not adequately lit.

De Lille says it is a city-wide problem.

"In the past five months, the city has spent R150 million to repair things that have been vandalised. A total of R6 million was spent on electricity alone."

These Khayelitsha residents say they do not feel safe.

"It's not safe for our parents to walk on the streets when they come from work because it's dark."

Another agrees, "We believe if the street lights are on, it can help eliminate the levels of crime in Khayelitsha."

School vandalism is also a huge problem across the province.

At least 24 schools were vandalised over the period from 8 December to 14 January.

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